RANGPUR: Farmers and farm-labourers are now very busy in transplanting Aman seedlings on their crop lands in all five districts of Rangpur agriculture region.
Officials of the Department of Agricultural Extension (DAE) said a target of producing over 17.19 lakh tonnes of clean Aman (25.79 lakh tonnes of paddy) has been fixed from 6.12 lakh hectares of land for the region this season.
Farmers have already prepared Aman seedbeds on 33,645 hectares of land against the requirement of preparing the same on 30,455 hectares of land for cultivation of Aman paddy on 6.12 lakh hectares of land in the region.
“Transplantation of Aman seedlings have already been completed on one-lakh hectares of land as the process is progressing fast amid frequent seasonal monsoon rains in the region,” said Bidhu Bhusan Ray, Additional Director of the DAE, Rangpur region.
The government has taken adequate measures to ensure supply of quality seeds, prepare model seedbeds and ensure balanced fertilisation and adoption of advanced technologies to enhance rice production despite shrinking of cultivable land area.
“Considering the possibility of seasonal floods, we have also taken steps to prepare seedbeds, if required, so that the farming process of Aman rice was not affected,” Ray said.
Farmers have kept shallow tube wells, Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation and Barind Multipurpose Development Authorities deep tube wells ready to operate for Aman seedling transplantation timely in case of less rainfall or drought-like situation.
“Farmers are now transplanting Aman seedlings in full swing alongside preparing their croplands for the process in all five districts of the region where almost favourable weather conditions are prevailing so far for the purpose,” Ray said.
Farmer Ariful; Haque Batul of village Najirdigar in Rangpur Sadar said he has already completed transplantation of Aman seedlings on his four acres of land out of seven acres of land by Sunday last.
“I hope transplantation of Aman seedlings on the rest of three acres of my land will complete soon,” he said, adding that the climatic condition is remaining favourable so far and he has kept his shallow tube wells ready for supplementary irrigation, if needed.
Farmers Echhahaq Ali, Manik Mian, Mahfuzur Rahman, Golam Mostafa and Abdul Motaleb of Rangpur Sadar upazila said they are continuing transplantation of Aman seedling on their crop lands in full swing amid a favourable climatic condition.